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Jonathan "J.J." Childress

Community Engagement Manager, Microsoft, USA

J.J. Childress is a passionate leader in economic development and technology enabled community transformation, currently leading Microsoft’s TechSpark Initiative in Texas and co-leading TechSpark’s national expansion. This transformative program is dedicated to nurturing talent and equipping communities for the opportunities of the 21st century.

J.J. has played a pivotal role in establishing innovation accelerators, broadband access, digital inclusion, computer science education and entrepreneurship programs across the United States and Mexico. J.J. has founded a range of successful businesses, earning him the Small Business Administration’s Young Entrepreneur award in 2017.

He holds a BBA in Finance and Accounting and an MBA from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has also completed graduate education in entrepreneurship and social transformation from Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Evan’s School of Policy from the University of Washington.